MSA is a non-profit organization located in Montville, NJ dedicated to teaching and growing the great game of soccer. We offer a fun, recreational Intown program and a more competitve Travel program. Both programs play complete seasons in the Fall and the Spring. Our travel teams compete in the Morris County Youth Soccer Association against other teams from Morris County and various parts of Northern New Jersey.
5th ANNUAL MONTVILLE SPRING BLASTOFF SOCCER TOURNAMENT
To all participants in Montville Soccer Recreation & Travel Programs -
As you may be aware, U.S. Soccer, in working towards its commitment to long-term player development, is phasing in important new standards related to small-sided games and birth-year registration. U.S. Soccer will mandate standardized small-sided game participation and field size based on player age groups, while also aligning birth-year registration calendars with the start of the calendar year and run from January to December. This is U.S. Soccer mandated; not a league, club or state requirement.
While the Montville Soccer Association (“MSA”) is supportive of the small-sided soccer initiative (i.e. more touches on the ball, etc.) there is likely to be certain club logistical items that we will need to address (roster size, field size, goal sizes, etc.), and we will do so. However, that said, the birth-year registration is brand new territory for MSA, and all other clubs, and will require adjustment on part of the club, our coaches and our players.
Over the next few months we will be meeting with the Morris County Youth Soccer Association (the league in which most our teams play) to determine optimal timing for adoption. At this stage, these important changes could be in effect as early as the 2016 (Fall) – 2017 (Spring) Seasons, and if so will impact our try-out process scheduled for early May 2016.
We will continue to communicate how this transition will take place to our membership as new information unfolds. We ask for your trust and patience during the process.
As importation continues to become available, we will post updates to our website. Once a final timeline is established, the club will be provide information to assist in explaining the mandate and to help make the transition as smooth and seamless as possible.